Nick Brossette finishes high school on top

LSU running back commit Nick Brossette broke the state's career rushing record while helping lead University Lab to a state championship Friday night

New Orleans — Winning a state title wasn’t enough for Nicholas Brossette in his final high school game. He had to go ahead and shatter just about every record in the books along the way.

Brossette played a key role in leading University Lab to its first state championship since 1988 with a 46-32 victory against Parkview Baptist on Friday. He racked up 272 rushing yards on 37 carries, both records for all classes in the Prep Classic. His three touchdowns all came in the second half, helping turn a two-point halftime lead into a 14-point win.

The LSU commit was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.

But Brossette didn’t just break state championship game records Friday night. He finished his high school career with 137 touchdowns, putting him sixth nationally all-time.

He also surpassed Kenny Hilliard’s career rushing mark with 8,705 yards during his five years of varsity ball with U-High.

“I’m just blessed,” he said. “I give it up to this team. They push me to be the person I am now. I’m just truly blessed.”

Brossette will certainly leave big shoes to fill at U-High, and Cubs coach Chad Mahaffey knows how hard he’ll be to replace.

“I’ve never coached a game at U-High without him,” Mahaffey said. “I’ll have to adjust myself next year. We’ve had five great years together, and I’m just so proud of him. He’s been a workhorse for us for a very long time… He’s always been dependable. He always plays well in big games, and there’s something to be said about that. It goes beyond height, speed and measurement. He’s got heart.”

The state title game didn’t get off to the best start for Brossette though. He was held out of he endzone through the first half and also fumbled twice.

He turned it around in a big way though after halftime. He ran for 193 in the final two quarters, and two of his three touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.

“Going into halftime, the team had my back,” Brossette said. “The coaches were just telling me to keep plugging. I just forgot about it. I thank my team and offensive line for having faith in me.”

With a state title behind him, Brossette can now focus on the final two months of his recruitment. He’s been committed to LSU for more than 15 months now, but he’s always planned to take official visits elsewhere after the season. He’s already been to Notre Dame, and he’ll visit Texas and Arizona State in January in addition to an official visit to LSU.

“I can’t wait,” Brossette said. “LSU is still home, but I just want to see what else is out there.”

The next time Brossette steps on a football field will be at the Under-Armour All-American Game next month. Then it’s off to college, but he’s not quite ready to focus on that next step.

“I’m going to enjoy this one with my teammates and have fun,” Brossette said. “Then I’ll worry about college after the Under-Armour game.”


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